Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
3303 Hillsdale Street
CA S4S 6W9
United Church of Canada Living Skies Archives
Living Skies Region was originally Saskatchewan Conference, one of 11 regional Conferences established by the United Church of Canada General Council at their inaugural meeting, in June 1925. At its first meeting, in October, Saskatchewan Conference designated the Conference Archives, then located at St. Andrew's College (Saskatoon), as its official records repository and appointed the first Conference Archivist. The Archives remained at St. Andrew's College, through to the 1980s.
In 1982, the Conference signed an agreement to house the growing archival collections with the Saskatchewan Archives Board (later Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan), while still retaining ownership and management responsibilities for the records. The collections were gradually relocated and continue to be stored with the Provincial Archives, to the present day.
On January 1, 2019, as part of a larger restructuring of the United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference and its seven presbyteries became Region 4. In March, it was officially named Living Skies Region. The mandate and boundaries for the regional archives remained more or less the same as the previous Saskatchewan Conference Archives.
The mandate of the Living Skies Region Archives is to acquire and preserve the records of United Church of Canada congregations and presbyteries in Saskatchewan, records of Saskatchewan Conference and its successors, its annual meetings, staff, committees and task groups, and of some related organizations and individuals. Records of Proceedings for the first Saskatchewan Conference (October 20-23, 1925) include the designation of the Conference Archives as the official repository for these records, as well as the appointment of the first Conference Archivist.
The archival collection contains records of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational Churches within Saskatchewan prior to 1925, and of the United Church of Canada after 1925. Included are records created by local congregations, such as registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; historic membership rolls and communion rolls; general membership lists; minutes of church boards, committees, and organizations (including women's groups); printed annual reports of local congregations; congregational newsletters; local church histories; correspondence; and photographs. The collection also contains records created by the constituent Presbyteries of the Saskatchewan Conference and by the Conference itself, its staff, officers, committees, and task groups, as well as the personal papers and manuscripts of some associated individuals.
Inclusive dates: late 19th century-present
Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan reading room (for in-person reference services): Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. No retrieval services from 12-1 pm or after 3:45 pm. Closed on statutory and civic holidays.
Not all records are open to the public, due to personal information (privacy) restrictions and legislation. Requests for access to records of baptisms, marriages or burials should be sent to the Living Skies Region Archives e-mail or postal address, in Regina.
Research questions should be directed to the Living Skies Region Archives e-mail or postal address. In-person reference assistance is provided by the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, through their research room, in Regina.